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Gay Couple Kicked Out of Night Club In Canada For Kissing!

Two gay men in Prince Edward Island say a nightclub owner discriminated against them when he told them to stop kissing on the dance floor on Friday, Dec 7.

Kirs Jay was drinking and dancing with his boyfriend at Jack Cameron’s Nightclub and Eatery in downtown Charlottetown. Jay says the manager, Gordie Cameron, tapped his boyfriend on the shoulder while they were kissing and led the two men into a back room. There, he told them to stop kissing or leave the nightclub.

“I felt like we were picked out on the dance floor because we were two men, and he didn’t want us showing our affection,” Jay says.

Cameron told them he would do the same with any heterosexual couple, and gave them both a free drink. Jay says they gave the drinks away to friends and then left.

Jay’s boyfriend posted about the event that night on Facebook, and soon the PEI gay community was buzzing. The Jack Cameron’s Facebook page disappeared after a barrage of critical comments.

Cameron, who just took over managing the bar two months ago, sounded tired and a little defeated when he took Xtra’s call Dec 11.

“I’m the farthest person from homophobic,” he says. “I’m the most open-minded person in the world.”

"They were hardcore going at 'er in the middle of the dance floor," says manager Gordie Cameron. "You're not allowed to do that, no matter what gender you are." (Facebook.com) Cameron says he is just trying to clean up the reputation of his nightclub, which means stopping excessive displays of affection from gay and straight people alike.

Jack Cameron’s, once called the Velvet Underground, was once nicknamed “the Dirty,” one of Charlottetown’s sleaziest dives. Cameron says that everyone has to adjust to his new rules, and Jay just took the comments the wrong way.

“They were hardcore going at ’er in the middle of the dance floor. Necking, you know,” says Cameron. “You’re not allowed to do that, no matter what gender you are.”

Amy MacQuarrie, a member of PEI’s gay community, was at Jack Cameron’s and saw the event take place. She says she thought Cameron acted sensibly and professionally. “He quietly took them aside and told them to knock it off,” she says.

MacQuarrie says there were straight men giving Jay and his boyfriend “some nasty-looking looks,” and that Cameron’s actions made things safer for everyone.

However, there were plenty of heterosexual couples similarly kissing without repercussions, she notes.

Colleen McKie, liaison for ARCPEI, a local gay and lesbian group, says she expects that what happened to Jay was an isolated incident.

“I’m optimistic,” she says. “In PEI, I would like to think regardless of your sexual orientation you can go somewhere and have a good time.”

She says Charlottetown has made great strides in inclusiveness in recent years. If Jay and his boyfriend were singled out for being gay, she says, it was the exception to the rule.

Jay says he has told all his gay friends not to go to the nightclub in future, and some people on local gay forums are discussing holding a kiss-in. Jay, however, says he wouldn’t attend. “That’s just giving Jack Cameron’s more business that I don’t want to give them,” he says.

Cameron says he was shocked by the online reaction, and now he just wants to move on. “I thought I was pretty nice to them,” he says. “I’m trying to cater to everybody — I do mean everybody. And this does not help.”

by Anonymousreply 2003/31/2013

And yet the straight couples who were making out were not kicked out. That's the part that makes me think it was discrimination.

by Anonymousreply 212/12/2012

I don't either, R1. But there shouldn't be a double standard. Nothing is ever done when it is a straight couple engaging in the same behavior.

by Anonymousreply 312/12/2012

What will Anne of Green Gables do about this situation???

by Anonymousreply 512/13/2012

xtra (Canada's GLBT Newspaper) doesn't think it is ado about nothing.

They are the ones that wrote the above article.

by Anonymousreply 712/13/2012

[quote]tonsil-tennis

It's tonsil-hockey in Canada.

by Anonymousreply 812/13/2012

[quote] Someone cuts a gay person off in traffic and it's a Human Rights Violation. No one takes those over-sensitive bitches seriously anymore.

So R9 you must believe that A)In Toronto the Rental Agent was RIGHT to discriminate against the gay couple

See link below

B) The muslim barber was right to refuse a lesbian a haircut. (Link in next thread)

I mean as you said above, we are all being over-senstive bitches.

So you must also think these two stories mentioned here feature 'over-senstive' people who were refused a service.

Is that correct?

by Anonymousreply 1012/13/2012

The muslim barber was right to refuse a lesbian a haircut. Link below for R9

by Anonymousreply 1212/13/2012

I love that the club manager is called Gordie Cameron, which is the most Canadian name possible and that he phrases his complaint thusly: "They were hardcore going at ’er in the middle of the dance floor."

R5, Anne would break a slate over Gordie's head.

by Anonymousreply 1512/13/2012

A few years ago in my College days I was at a GAY bar in a small city with my then girlfriend. We kissed a few times fully on the lips. We thought we could do that as we were gay, a couple and in a gay bar. The Manager of the bar asked us to stop. Her reason it was the Christmas party season and they get a lot of straigt customers at that time of year and did not want to cause offence.

by Anonymousreply 1612/14/2012

Canada seems to be going to hell the last few years... what's up, Canadians?!?

by Anonymousreply 1703/31/2013

R17 I've noticed this too. They're turning into what the US was like during the early 2000's - very uptight and conservative.

by Anonymousreply 1803/31/2013

What is going on with Canada? ...first the pig farmer serial killers, then the Toronto mall shootings, then the hockey coach tripping the young player, then the bus beheading. Now the gay dancing wars.

What is next? Crossing the street against the red light?

by Anonymousreply 1903/31/2013

Canada has moved extreme right.

Their Prime Minister is an Evangelical Christian who refuses to support full gay equality, even thought the courts over ruled him. He tried to veto the courts decision, but failed his vote in parliament. He just opened up the new "Ministry of Jesus" last year, to protect Christians from prosecution from global evil forces (like Atheists and Gays).

He has total majority power until 2015, so we will see what he does in a world where the leaders of most Western Nations support full equality, including the Conservative PM of the UK. If Canadians re-elect him in 2015....well then we know Canada has permanently become the new Texas.

by Anonymousreply 2003/31/2013
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